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Job cuts could hit two Luxembourg glass plants

Job cuts could hit two Luxembourg glass plants

by Sarah Cames, Emery P. Dalesio 13.08.2020 From our online archive
Closing one Guardian factory and consolidation at second being considered
PHOTO: Lex Kleren
PHOTO: Lex Kleren

About 200 jobs could be cut in reductions planned for Bascharage and Dudelange plants operated by glass producer Guardian.

The US-based glass maker plans to begin negotiations over a social plan for the redundant employees in three weeks, labour union OGBL said in a statement.

The two Luxembourg locations employ 453 workers running furnaces and producing a type of glass used in construction, interiors and automobile windshields. The company employs some 700 people in Luxembourg, including at its European headquarters in Bertrange.

In June, Guardian said that it had started consulting employee at the two plants "on the possible shutdown of the float glass furnace in Dudelange and the possible merger of the production facilities in Luxembourg."

The company cited high operating costs for the closures.

The furnace at the Dudelange plant had reached the end of its service life and €90 million to €100 million would have been needed to continue operations. The company will have to make the same decision in Bascharage when that furnace reaches the life of its service life in 2022.

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